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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. I was 15, in 10th grade, and it was a very bad day. Whether you were a Democrat or Republican (as we were), or whether you were in the "bond business" or the stock market. Or not.

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  2. On 11/21/2022 at 6:24 AM, Tennessee Trapper Tom said:

    For years we we take our boy to the China Buffet for Mongolian steak grill on thanksgiving. But now that I can’t eat Chinese food because they use a lot of fish, oyster and clam sauce....


    Somehow many years ago we went to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner. We do Christmas dinner big, but didn't have an Eve tradition particularly.


    We had a great time; there's a festive quality to it, it's no work, and so it became a regular tradition these last 20 or so years. We have noticed in recent years many families doing the same thing, and the owner of the one we usually go to told us it's become quite a thing.

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  3. My wife, our kids, their spouses, our grandkids, their spouses, and our great-grandkids, now number population 28. Everybody is within a few miles, so we regularly have pretty big dinners. Thanksgiving "central" has these last several years settled on one daughter, who loves it. With most of us, and with many of her husband's family, plus friends, she usually has 30 or more.


    We just bring a couple bottles of wine. We still do the Christmas rib-roast dinner for the clan, but were able to pass Thanksgiving off to kids several years ago....

  4. I think of veterans discounts and 'senior discounts' as different things.


    Can't generalize, I suppose. But I know that when I was a young man with a young family, discounts would have been a lot more valuable to me than they are now. It can take a lot of money to take several kids into all sorts of venues. And I have kids with lots of kids.


    I'm not complaining; just reflecting. I'm far from rich, I just have more disposable income than I did in those days, that's all, and so do many others. Especially these days, when various entry fees are not so small....I sometimes wonder how working people  with kids make it nowadays.


    Ten bucks for a lifetime pass to all Federal lands was a pretty good deal. So is 80, as it is now. I use the card happily.

  5. I bought the lifetime pass for about 12 bucks years ago in my early 60s; gets me into Nat Parks, Nat Forest trailheads, BLM lands, etc. The price has gone up alot since.


    I'm of two minds about it. When you are young, with a young family: that's when you need a price break on park passes like this. But the seniors get them instead. It's sort of a leftover from the idea that seniors were broke and eating dogfood. Whereas most of them are better off than the young.


    Remember the idea of a 'fixed income', like it was something bad? A lot of people would like to be on a fixed income. Depends on where it's fixed.


    I have more money than when I was young. But I pay less because I'm old....well, ok.

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  6. We went to our annual local one, held at a Memorial Park near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The park itself is dedicated to veterans and has several fine monuments. A Memorial Day commemoration is also held there every year.


    Not a parade, but a band from Fort Lewis, and a local high school ROTC group, with a couple of good speakers. Well done as always. We never miss.

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  7. I like to be in control of it. A bottle of Franks, or Tabasco, or other brands by the side, where I can decide how much to put on.


    Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on a lot of circumstances with the food. But other peoples' ideas as to how hot I should have it often doesn't work out.

  8. 10 hours ago, Equanimous Phil said:

    I am not much of a reader, but now and then (every couple of years) I get me a new book. Can you - or anybody else who read it - recommend True Grit? Or are there better Western books out there? The only Western novel I've read so far is Thomas Willmann's "Das finstere Tal" (The Dark Valley) after I was impressed by the Austrian-German movie of the same title.


    True Grit is a fine book indeed. If you've seen the second movie, it follows the book very closely. The book is almost the screenplay for the movie.


    There a many good Western writers out there, but the very best in my opinion is Elmore Leonard. All of his Westerns are very good, and Valdez is Coming and Hombre are great. I rate Valdez is Coming as the best Western novel, period. Just my opinion, but I'm not alone.

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  9. They do grow in some tropical environments. And they are found on Western hemisphere islands.


    On the other hand, there are succulents in dry environments elsewhere that strongly resemble cacti. Perhaps some are found in the South Pacific, but I don't know. I've read of South African plants that have a strong resemblance; similar environments may have produced similar types.

  10. The 'isn't it possible' question will usually draw the objection that it asks the witness to speculate, which is different than asking for an opinion.


    On the other hand, a certain latitude will be allowed on cross-exam, and such a question might be allowed depending on what has gone on before in the examination. If the questioning has shown the witness to be wavering, then it could be permitted. Will be up to the discretion of the judge.


    The old saying that you don't ask a question on cross that you don't already know the answer to is more-or-less true. There are exceptions, but not many. And never ask "why". If you do that, the witness can say anything at all he wants to say.....

  11. It's easy to confuse the idea of Duty with the concept of legal duty, the breach of which can give rise to an individual lawsuit.


    There's nothing wrong with the concept that police have the 'duty to protect' as long as one doesn't assume that that duty is actionable by an individual. That requires special circumstances. The general duty is to the public as a whole, not to individuals. It's still a duty.

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  12. It's a great subject. Though I watched lots of TV Westerns growing up (born in 1948), I never saw many Western movies. Basically I had nothing to do with Westerns particularly until I got involved with SASS in 2004. Then I got very interested in Westerns. Sgt. Quincannon, who used to post here, had a great list which got me started.


    Just to say that I had no real opinion about John Wayne movies until nearly 30 years after he died. He wasn't an idol or an icon to me at all. On the other hand, I had no animus against him. Of course, I had many general impressions of him; you couldn't help that in our time and generation.


    So I approached his movies with an open mind. On balance, he was better than I had expected. Though he played "John Wayne" mostly, it also served him and the audience well. Some of his movies I think are outstanding. Stagecoach, Red River, Hondo, Rio Bravo, and the Shootist I think are among the greats. The Searchers, usually rated the highest, I don't like as a movie overall, which doesn't change the fact that he is great in it and it has truly fine moments. I think of Liberty Valance in similar terms.


    A lot can be said about many others of his movies. They are always pretty good; even the lesser ones. I came to believe that he definitely earned and deserved his stardom. And yet I have many more Western actors that I think were better; some much better.

  13. I give to my church, certain well-vetted charities, and to beggars. 


    I got it from a wise parson I respected, several years ago, talking about street people begging and so on. As he pointed out, it's hard to know what to do. You don't want to enable drug use. You don't want to give to scammers. But there are down-and-outers who need a meal. So what he did was carry a lot of fives, make quick assessments, and give a fiver when it seemed right. Not enough to buy drugs by itself, but enough to buy food, which one buck won't really do.


    So that's what I do. Not a lot; a few times a month. I make a very quick assessment of the person, and if it seems right, I give the fiver. Then it's out of my hands and I don't worry about it. But on several occasions I've seen the person go into a McDonalds or a sandwich shop. The amount I'm giving in this way is really miniscule, but it's something.


    If someone is busking,  playing an instrument, anything like that, I alway drop something in. I don't see that as begging.


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  14. My favorite story along those lines was in the 1980s, when a Valentine's Day ring given to his wife by Richard O'Kane in 1936 was found in Wakiki sand, 46 years after it was lost in the surf when it slipped off her finger; a miniature of his Academy ring.


    O'Kane was the captain of the submarine USS Tang in WWII, and a Medal of Honor winner for his sub service. 

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